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»See p. 30. Duke of Bolton 9. 1 Cambridge. " Lord Go-dolphin's house on Gogmagog HTill8.
T Incidit in Scyllam qui vulfc vitare Charibdim,
jxiagnanimity oj Jbucepnaius, ana oj me JJUK& oj Horse Looby*™.
I staid here three days, and in my way to Pavia * stopped at the Palace of Delnni", which is built on the top of a large barren mountain, and at a distance looks like the Ark resting on Mount Ararat. This mountain is called Gog, and opposite to one called Magog. They are very dangerous precipices, and occasioned the famous verse—
Incidit in Gfogum gui wit vitare Magogonv.
I need not repeat the history of Gog and Magog, it being known to every child, and to be found at large in most books of travels.
Pavia and its University are described by Mr. Addison, so I shall only mention a circumstance which I wonder escaped that learned gentleman. It is the name of the town, which is derived from the badness of the streets: Pavia a non pavendo, as Lucus a non lucendo.
Till next post, adieu !
Yours ever,
DEAR WEST,                                     King's College, Nov. 9, 1735.
You expect a long letter from me, and have said in verse all that I intended to have said in far inferior prose. I intended filling three or four sides with exclamations against an University life; but you have showed me how
» Charles Paulet (1685-1754), third Duke of Bolton.
10 Looby, -whose sire was Bay Bolton, won a royal plate at New-market.
Lwmsa5.—! Biohard "West (1716-1742); son of "Richard West, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, by Elizabeth, second daughter of Bishop Burnet
He was educated at Eton (where his character and literary tastes gained for him the friendship of Walpole and Gray), and at Christ Church, Oxford. He died June 1, 1742. His death was the subject of Gray's sonnet beginning ' In vain to me the smiling mornings shine.'